Find out what heart disease treatments are available and which one might be right for you.
If your New Bedford, MA cardiologist, Dr. Alan Weinshel, has just diagnosed you with heart disease, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. But know that you don’t have to do it alone. There are so many heart disease treatments available, and we will work together with you to determine which one will be the most effective.
Once you’ve been diagnosed, it’s important that you and your heart doctor in New Bedford create a treatment plan. The goals of treatment are designed to manage your condition while controlling symptoms for the long run.
Some of the simplest changes you’ll need to adopt will come in the form of diet, exercise, stress management, and other lifestyle factors. However, medication and other conventional treatment options are also required when you have heart disease.
If you are a smoker, now is the time to quit. If you drink, moderation is key. This means no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. But if you can, try to abstain from alcohol.
You should also start an exercise regime, which we would be happy to help you with. You should find exercises that fit with your lifestyle and improve your health. Exercise will help to strengthen both your heart and your blood vessels as well as reduce stress.
Managing your stress can also go a long way to both preventing and treating heart disease. Whether this comes in the form of meditation or yoga, we can help you find which methods would work best for you.
Being overweight and eating foods high in sodium and trans fat can also put you at a higher risk for heart disease (and cause further issues for those who’ve already been diagnosed). Changing your diet by incorporating more fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, protein, and fibrous grains into the mix and lowering the amount of sodium and trans fats you consume will help.
Heart Disease Treatments
There are many different types of heart disease including:
- Heart attack
- Heart valve disease
- Heart failure
- Coronary Artery Disease
The type of medications we recommend will depend on the type of heart disease you have. Medication is a standard form of treatment that you will be required to take for the rest of your life. For those with heart valve or arrhythmia problems, a pacemaker or heart valve surgery may be required. Those who have had a heart attack may require a coronary angioplasty (to increase blood flow through the blocked artery).
Have questions about your treatment options? Need to schedule your next checkup? Then turn to our New Bedford, MA heart doctor at Southcoast Cardiology and Primary Care.
If your New Bedford cardiologist Dr. Alan Weinshel recently told you that you have high cholesterol, you may feel a bit concerned. After all, this problem has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Luckily, there are steps you can take to safely treat your high cholesterol and greatly lower your risk of developing any of these serious health issues.
The First Course of Action
When it comes to handling high cholesterol everyone is different and one treatment may work for someone but not for you. So you will have to work with your New Bedford, MA cardiologist to make sure that you find the right approach for your health.
Usually in the beginning there are three main lifestyle factors that we focus on:
- Incorporating more exercise into your routine
- Maintaining a healthy weight (or losing weight)
- Improving your diet
If you also have other chronic health issues that will pose more health risks then you may also be prescribed medication right away. It’s important that for those patients attempting to change their lifestyles that they take these measures seriously. Just doing these simple things alone can go a long way to lowering your cholesterol levels. But do know that these changes won’t happen overnight, so patience is key.
It’s important to talk to your New Bedford heart doctor about the best and worst foods for those with high cholesterol. In general, you should reduce the amount of fat you get in your diet. While this doesn’t mean staying away from healthy fats like salmon or almonds it does mean cutting down on dangerous fats like cheese and ice cream. Also, it’s a good rule of thumb to stay away from foods that are high in cholesterol such as eggs and shrimp.
Weight and Exercise
Being overweight or obese can greatly increase your risk of high cholesterol so it’s important to safely diet and exercise to maintain a more ideal weight. Exercise has the ability to both reduce bad cholesterol and promote good cholesterol. Start to incorporate exercise into your routine gradually, aiming for 30-60 minutes of activity the majority of the week.
If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to reduce your cholesterol levels then we will discuss medications with you. Statins such as Crestor or Lipitor are most common for lowering cholesterol. Sometimes more than one medication will be prescribed. This is usually not the first route we go with patients because once we start these medications you will have to continue using them the rest of your life.
Don’t let high cholesterol have you stressed. Turn to your New Bedford, MA heart doctor today at Southcoast Cardiology and Primary Care.
No matter whether you have hypertension or not, here are some ways to improve your lifestyle to better your health.
According to the Center of Disease Control, one in every three adults has hypertension, or high blood pressure. High blood pressure puts a strain on the heart and blood vessels, which can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke or kidney disease. Find out how to protect yourself from high blood pressure, what to do if you have it and how your New Bedford cardiologist Dr. Alan Weinshel can help.
A lot of these lifestyle modifications can actually be followed even if you haven’t been diagnosed with high blood pressure. If you are at risk for developing high blood pressure due to certain habits or family history you can also adopt some of these changes to your daily life. Follow these simple steps to either treat your hypertension or prevent this chronic condition from happening to you.
Eat healthy: Reduce sodium content to no more than 2,300 milligrams a day if you don’t have high blood pressure (this equates to 1 teaspoon of salt/day). If you do have high blood pressure, lower sodium content to less than 1,500 milligrams each day.
Stop smoking: Smoking increases your chances of developing high blood pressure and heart disease, which can cause heart attacks and strokes. Quit smoking to reduce your risk. Talk to your New Bedford cardiologist Dr. Weinshel if you need help ditching the habit.
Exercise more: Perform aerobic exercises for at least 30 minutes each day, about five days a week.
Lose weight: If you are overweight or obese, maintaining a healthy weight will go a long way for preventing high blood pressure.
Limit alcohol: Men should consume no more than two drinks a day while women should only consume one alcoholic beverage.
While these habits can help treat and prevent hypertension, for those who have been diagnosed with this condition there are also several medications that your New Bedford cardiologist Dr. Weinshel may prescribe including,
- Calcium channel blockers
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
- Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)
Diuretics are often first prescribed to treat high blood pressure. However, your New Bedford cardiologist Dr. Weinshel may also recommend another form of treatment first, especially if you have other health conditions like diabetes or if you have certain allergies to medications. Combination medications may be considered in those whose blood pressure is over 160/100 (if under 60 years old) or 170/100 (in those over 60 years old).
Whether you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or you are looking for healthier lifestyle changes to prevent this condition you can always turn to your New Bedford cardiologist Dr. Weinshel for help. If you’ve already started your drug therapy you’ll also want to see us once a month for routine checkups. Call Southcoast Cardiology today at (774) 992-7499.
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